Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG~Year in Reflection

We all know the holiday season is a time of reflection. A time to be grateful for our successes, ponder our failures, and pledge to do better. It's also a time to celebrate all that life is. Because, despite what the evening news will tell you, there really is good in the world.

I consider The Insecure Writer's Support Group one of those goods. It's a cyber space where writers of all walks and talks come together to celebrate a love of literature and each other. I've decided to answer this month's optional question:

As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

Backtracking - for me, at least - implies regret, and I try to live my life without the possibility of regret.

How do I do that? I see successes and failures with no beginnings or endings. They are a constant evolution of me. Failures are a time of learning. Successes are a time to be grateful that the opportunity presented itself to me in the first place and that I persevered enough to achieve a goal.

"A mistake is not a mistake if a lesson is learned." 

A lesson I've learned over this past year is one I've always struggled with - giving myself permission to be proud of a goal reached. In this case (for this year) it would be that I had a second novel published. And another lesson I still battle with - accepting the fact that because of health reasons I've had to slow down - a ton. That's why you don't see me blogging as much or almost at all.

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I don't talk about it much, and I sure as heck will not bore you with it now. Point being - I'm still evolving, learning self-acceptance and patience with myself. Funny how the theme of self-acceptance flows through both my novels. :)

Thank you goes out to this month's co-hosts: Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!

A FEW REMINDERS

My MARKED BEAUTY Release Party Kindle & More Giveaway ends in six days. There's still time to enter and share! I'll be announcing the winners across social media sites on December 15th. 
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The It's Snowing Books $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway will be open until December 27th! There's still time for you to enter this one, too.




Good luck, everyone! This is possibly my last post of the year. Not sure, but just in case I want to thank you all for always being supportive, for being the voice of reason, and for being inspiring. I hope that in some small way I've encouraged you, too.

Have a wonderful holiday season. And to those to whom it applies: Have a very Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 1, 2017

It's Snowing Books $100 Amazon GC Giveaway!

YES, another amazing holiday giveaway...I know, right?

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       Giveaway runs December 1st - 27th
Some of these books are regular price and some are free at the time of this post. I will mark the free ones. (Subject to change, so please check the price.)

YA books with action, sweet romance, and lots of paranormal fun.


Kasi Blake presents...
YA books with action, sweet romance, and lots of paranormal fun.


BAIT (An Order of the Spirit Realm Novel)


After sixteen years on the run, Bay-Lee joins her emotionally distant father at his New Zealand school. On her first night there, he dumps her on the doorstep and walks away. Big surprise. Minutes later, a bag is thrown over her head, and she’s kidnapped for Orientation. The hunter in charge calls her Bait. According to him, that’s all she’s good for, to be used to draw out monsters for experienced hunters to kill.

Before Bay-Lee can move up to the rank of Hunter, she will have to prove herself, battle wraiths, a reaper in disguise, and a stampeding border monster. With the addition of her classes, she’s going to be way too busy for a social life. Falling in love is not on the agenda. 


Then, she meets Nick Gallos. With the intimidating rank of Warrior, Nick is gorgeous, arrogant, and just plain rude to her. It’s obvious from their first meeting that Nick is hiding a dark past overflowing with secrets, and her father is right smack in the middle of it. Nick seems to be using her to get even with her father, and she won’t tolerate that. What a jerk.


So, why can’t she stop thinking about him?         


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VAMPIRES RULE The Rule Series

Humans turn into vampires, but vampires do not turn human... until now.

During his annual trip home to check on his brother, a freak event gives Jack a second chance at a mortal life. It's hard to get used to the loss of fangs--not to mention his powers--but seventeen-year-old Jack isn't in this alone. He has a brand new crush, a teacher who wants to mentor him, and his brother to watch his back. 


But becoming human is the least of his problems. Jack has a destiny no one has told him about, a fate worse than being un-dead forever.



Now that he's mortal again, will he survive long enough to turn eighteen? 





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4-EVER HUNTED (spin-off of Vampires Rule)

Born with dark magic in his veins that is slowly killing him... Trick enjoys a reckless lifestyle.

He rides his motorcycle too fast, plays rock music while fighting vampires, and has a talent for making girls mad, especially Dani Foster. The girl-next-door has caught all of his most embarrassing moments. She wants nothing to do with him. So he watches out for her from a distance, protects her from monsters she doesn't know exist.

Two strangers offer a solution to his impending-death problem. He can beat fate by becoming what he hates most: a vampire. Trick is sure he'd rather die. Then Dani begins to look at him in a way that makes his heart race. She brings hope into his life. 

Can he do it? Can he become the thing he fears for the promise of love?



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Sabrina A. Fish presents...
a hot fantasy romance for adults: redemption, love, & betrayal

DIOMERE'S EXILE (Gate Keeper Chronicles)

Five Gates. Five Sisters. Five Very Different Men.

Once there were two worlds connected by five magical gates. Then the Gate Keepers closed the gates and disappeared. The Gate Keepers have returned. Nadia de Quinones was exiled when her nephew, the crown-prince was abducted on her watch. She’ll let nothing stand in the way of her redemption, not even discovering her heartbonded and a connection to an ancient magical gate.

Lord Gregor Cyrene is sworn to protect his country's royal heirs. After the youngest prince’s life is threatened, Gregor sets out to discover who is responsible and suspects the answer lies with Nadia. When fate forces their competing goals to align, neither are prepared for the irresistible attraction between them.

Can they see beyond their pasts and a millennia old hate between their people? Or will they continue to distrust, allowing those plotting against them to win?

                                                       
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Jodi Gallegos presents...
NA steamy prohibition-era romance and rum running


A SHINE THAT DEFIES THE DARK


Gripping, romantic, and evocative of its time— A Shine that Defies the Dark is a spellbinding story of one woman who will stop at nothing to survive during a tumultuous time in American history.

After a six-year exile, Ophelia Breaux and her mother are overjoyed to return to the Louisiana bayou. But it seems the ghosts of the epic feud that drove them away still haunt Plaquemines Parish, and with the Great Depression sweeping the nation, the two soon find they can't make ends meet. 

Seeing no other option, Ophelia's mother takes the drastic step of sharing her bed with the town judge in exchange for a reduced rent. The judge has had a life-long obsession with Momma, and Ophelia is desperate to end this arrangement and get her away from him.
When Remy Granger shows up, Ophelia knows it could mean more trouble—and that's the last thing they need. Handsome and dangerous, he's the first boy she ever kissed, and a member of the most notorious family in southern Louisiana—but he's also got an opportunity for fast money in rumrunning. Ophelia goes all in, and it turns out she may have a knack for the business. But she's going to have to run even faster if she wants to save Momma… dodging the cops, rival gangs, and her traitorous heart at every turn.            
                                                                
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Sandy Goldsworthy presents...
YA paranormal series about love that transcends more than one lifetime.


AFTERMATH (Afterworld Saga Book 1)


After losing her father, Emma Bennett moves to her aunt’s small town of Westport to finish out her senior year of high school. Emma wants to forget the pain and loss of the past few weeks, finding relief in the company of Ben Parker—a local boy who she has an instant attraction and uncanny connection with. When Ben seems a little too preoccupied with other responsibilities and has no time for her, Emma turns to the town’s hottest flirt—Lucas Crandon—for affection. Unfortunately, she realizes a little too late that, sometimes, bad boys really can be bad for you.

Life as an undercover agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation isn’t an easy job. When Ben Parker finds his soul mate, Emma Bennett, in a small town, he finds himself forced to choose between doing his job or rekindling a relationship with the love of his existence. After Ben is notified that a notorious immortal is loose somewhere near Westport, he realizes that his love life will just have to wait. There is a criminal to apprehend before he can have his girl.

When lives are at stake and immortals are on the loose, can two soul mates find their happy ever after?

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Tamara Grantham presents... 
Fantasy adventure with a dash of romance.


DREAMTHIEF (Fairy World MD Book 1)

DREAMTHIEF received the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award from Foreword Reviews for fantasy and also won a RONE award for Best New Adult Romance.
Visiting Faythander is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She's the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander's side effects. Despite her empty bank account, she takes pride in her job as Houston's only Fairy World medical doctor. She's never failed to cure a client—until now. 
Traveling back to Faythander wasn't on Olive's to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an ancient being called the Dreamthief. To complicate matters, she may be losing her heart to someone who can't love her in return. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much. 
As if battling the forces of evil wasn't difficult enough…

                                                          
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SPELLWEAVER (Fairy World MD Book 2)
Spellweaver won second place in the 2017 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Contest.

Olive's to-do list: Pay the rent, feed the cat, save Faythander. Again.
When the fairy realm faces a new, terrifying threat from a goblin Spellweaver, Olive Kennedy leaves her home in Houston to travel through the most dangerous places in Faythander in order to confront him. While there, she learns that history is a muddled subject, especially when elves are involved. Her only comfort comes from Kull, her Viking warrior sidekick--who somehow negates her bad fortune. Yet how long can their relationship last when his past is brought to light? Olive will be tested beyond anything she has endured so far as the secrets of Faythander's sordid and bloody past are exposed--one that could irrevocably alter the future and destroy the lives of everyone she loves.

       

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BLOODTHORN (Fairy World MD Book 3)
BLOODTHORN is a finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards.
Olive Kennedy doesn't believe in fairy tales. 

In a desperate attempt to earn income, fairy world therapist Olive Kennedy resorts to finding clients at the Texas Renaissance Festival. When she discovers the corpse of her client's husband discarded in her booth, she realizes that earning her next paycheck is the least of her worries. Even worse, Olive learns the murderer may be a magical monster from the fairy realm. The fae and their escorts arrive from Faythander to aid in the investigation, but they do not travel alone. Olive must confront the one person she never wished to see again. Kull--her ex.
After months with no contact from Faythander, Olive hoped the magical drama was over. Yet it seems she'll never escape the beings who haunt her nightmares, or be free from the man who took away her happily ever after.

        

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Susan Harris presents... 
Paranormal romance with adult themes.

SKIN AND BONES (Ever Chace Chronicles 1)

RONE award nominee 2017 for best paranormal! 
Get stuck into what readers are calling a paranormal Criminal Minds!

Teens are turning up dead, and it will take a special team to catch a killer. 

Derek Doyle has been a member of the Paranormal Investigations Team since the monsters revealed themselves to the world. Considering that he thinks a monster is needed to catch a monster, he's definitely in the right place. As a lone wolf not used to letting many people in, neither man nor beast was prepared for the effect consultant Dr. Ever Chace has on them.

Growing up human in a world of supernatural creatures, Dr. Ever Chace has always felt a need to be special, to stand out. When asked to consult on a case where teens are being brutalized, she relishes the chance to make a difference and help stop a monster. But working alongside a wolf who she's so drawn to could be the beginning of something Ever might never have envisioned.

Fate and Destiny have a funny way of creeping up on you when you least expect it. With a murderer on the loose, Ever and Derek will have to put their attraction to one another aside while the hunt continues.
Easier said than done... right?

                                                         
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SHATTERED MEMORIES

A terrible tragedy forced Alana McCarthy to forget a year of her life. Now she is to be executed for a crime she does not remember committing—the murder of her entire family. Lost and alone, Alana is terrified of unlocking secrets buried so deep inside her mind that she's willing to forget the one person who could set her free.

Daniel Costello hasn't forgotten about Alana, and he will do anything and everything to protect the girl he loves. But first, Alana needs to unlock her memories and find out the truth about what happened the night her family was killed.

The day of her execution is set. Together, will Alana and Daniel be able to uncover the truth behind her family's deaths before it's too late?

          



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Sharonlee Holder presents... 
Steamy NA paranormal romance, action-packed with adult themes.


RESURGENCE (Blood of the Custodians Book 1)


This steamy, fast-paced paranormal romance by Sharonlee Holder is perfect for fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward and Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jessie Donovan.

The last thing Antara remembers about yesterday was her piece of crap car breaking down in the middle of the road, and a too-sexy-for-his-own-good stranger offering his assistance. Neither explains why she woke up naked in his bed, nor why she feels sicker than she's ever been in her life.

Caught in the grips of a terrible fever, nothing's making much sense to Antara. There are only two things she's fairly certain about. One—the unearthly hot stranger's name is Eros and he's definitely not a human. And two—she's pretty sure she was drugged and is currently his hostage.

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Erica Kiefer presents...


RUMORS (Lingering Echoes Prequel)

Seventeen-year-old Allie Collins would rather hide behind rumors than face the truth--her life will never be the same as it was before the accident. As a star athlete grieving in the shadows, she hopes to find normalcy in boys and basketball. When her best friend sets her up with the popular Shane Moretti, Allie drags her feet, reluctant for added complications. Then she decides that dating Shane would be the perfect shield from last summer's tragedy. However, what starts as a mere distraction proves much more complex. As Shane leads Allie into questionable situations, gossip continues to swirl.

Battling for her own identity while barricading painful emotions, Allie won't escape her senior year without new wounds. After all, tragedy is no stranger to her. The events that unfold will draw readers deep into a well of emotion in Rumors, a Lingering Echoes Prequel.

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S. A. Larsen presents...


MARKED BEAUTY 


Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He's tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana's life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.

As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.

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MOTLEY EDUCATION


**Multi Award-Winning Middle Grade Novel!**

Forget having a lively after school social life, Ebony Charmed is fighting to keep the entire afterlife alive.

Ebony's less-than-average spirit tracking abilities are ruining more than sixth grade at Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted. Her parents argue so much her dad's moved out. And, even though he's scared of his own shadow and insists on bringing his slimy, legless lizard everywhere they go, Ebony wouldn't survive without her best friend, Fleishman.

When Ebony's Deadly Creatures & Relics' project goes missing she learns her missing project is one of the keys to saving the spirit world.

Now Ebony and Fleishman must battle beasts from Norse mythology to retrieve her project before spirits are lost, the Well of Urd dries up, and Ebony loses all hope of reuniting her family. But someone lies in wait, and he has other plans...including creating a new world of spirits without them in it.

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Suzanne van Rooyen presents... 
Upper YA/NA Sci-fi with adult themes.


I HEART ROBOT


Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who gets her musical aspirations.

Q-I-99, aka 'Quinn,' lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power.

Tyri and Quinn's worlds collide when they're accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn's love of music draws them closer together, forcing Tyri to question where her loyalties lie and Quinn to question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, will Tyri's and Quinn's passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart?

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SCARDUST


Sometimes answers fall from the sky...
Dead Rock, Texas, 2037
Raleigh Williams made a promise to his brother before he died, that he'd scatter his ashes on Mars. Desperate to leave a life of bad memories behind and start over in the Martian colony, Raleigh fully intends to keep that promise. But his plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and Raleigh finds in its crater not debris or even a spacecraft, but a man covered in swirling scars and with no memory of who he is. At least he looks like a man—a man Raleigh can't seem to keep his eyes off of—but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them.
Raleigh agrees to help Meteor Man piece together his life through their cosmic connection. But the memory share goes both ways, and Raleigh becomes inexplicably entangled with a guy who is everything he needs—everything good that Raleigh is not—but might not even be human. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brother's last wish.

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OBSCURA BURNING


Kyle Wolfe’s world is about to crash and burn. Just weeks before graduation, a fire kills Kyle's two best friends and leaves him permanently scarred. A fire that Kyle accidentally set the night he cheated on his boyfriend Danny with their female friend, Shira. That same day, a strange new planet, Obscura, appears in the sky. And suddenly Kyle’s friends aren’t all that dead anymore. Each time Kyle goes to sleep, he awakens to two different realities. In one, his boyfriend Danny is still alive, but Shira is dead. In the other, it’s Shira who’s alive… and they’re friends with benefits.

Shifting between realities is slowly killing him, and he's not the only one dying. The world is dying with him. He's pretty sure Obscura has something to do with it, but with his parents’ marriage imploding and realities shifting each time he closes his eyes, Kyle has problems enough without being in charge of saving the world.

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